Tiny Book Haul

10:00 am

Being on a budget doesn't mean you can't buy books, right? As a literature student I feel like I can get away with buying books whenever the book strikes, and yesterday was one of those days where the mood...struck. I've called this a 'tiny book haul' not because the haul itself is tiny, but because three of the four books are, in fact, really adorably small. I was wandering past Hatchards Bookshop in St Pancras when this mood struck and decided to take my first peek in there. I've got to say I was amazed. Gorgeous reprints of rare books, signed copies, publications from small presses. It was a dream, and when I saw an enormous selection of tiny books along the counter I knew I had to pick up a few: Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own as part of the Penguin Great Ideas series, a print of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's speech We Should All Be Feminists, and Mark Forsyth's The Unknown Unknown that I had seen featured in many a Booktuber's 'Books Are My Bag' video. These three ranged in price between £1.99 and £5.

After emerging from Hatchards victorious, I continued on my way to classes via The British Library, which I pop into most days I study to have a look at their 'Treasures' collection room. I love looking at all of the original manuscripts and trying to get myself to understand that these works were in the hands of the very writers themselves. There's a definite air in that room of something that can't be comprehended. On my way out I popped into the bookshop and grabbed myself a copy of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice. I've recently studied Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 which I fell in love with, as well as the mystery of Pynchon himself. He's worth reading up about if you don't know anything about him. After reading that and knowing that Paul Thomas Anderson is soon releasing his adaptation of Inherent Vice, I decided this should be my next of Pynchon's masterpieces to delve into. I can't wait.

Have you picked yourself up any books recently, and do any of you have a particular Pynchon work that you'd recommend to a new fan?

M x

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